Sunday, February 20, 2011

Room for Hope: The Art of G.B. Trudeau’s Doonesbury

“Satire works by inference,” cartoonist G.B. Trudeau says in Brian Walker’s new book Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau. “What you condemn should reveal what you value, what you stand for. That’s why I don’t like categoric, 360-degree attacks. Scorched-earth artists leave no room for hope.” Since its debut on October 26, 1970, Doonesbury has attracted devotees as well as devoted critics with Trudeau’s heart-on-his-sleeve liberalism. Walker walks through the evolution of the Doonesbury, which began in 28 newspapers and now boasts 100 million daily readers, and gives not a biography of Trudeau but rather a biography of the life of the strip itself. Despite all the wars—cultural and shooting—of the past four decades, Trudeau never forgot to leave room for hope, and Walker’s affectionate tribute reminds us of that crowning achievement of his art. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Room for Hope."

[Many thanks to Yale University Press for providing me with a review copy of Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau by Brian Walker.]


Nancy Ewart said...

The book looks fascinating. I've loved Doonesbury since the beginning and now, have even more reason to love it. Thanks for a great review.

Anonymous said...

I've never related to Doonesbury, despite following both politics and cartoons. Honestly, I've never felt in his strips any 'room to hope', just a lack of a point of view, and very weak exposure of values. Although I can see how it can relates to some supporters of liberalism, exactly for the same reason - mild criticism and ambiguous points of view.